Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. This week we are looking at my top ten books recently added to my TBR list.
1. Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry. This is the first part in a series set in a zombie-infested America. Where every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half.
2. Death by Black Hole by Neil deGrasse Tyson. This is a series of essays by Neil deGrasse Tyson covering a myriad of topics from what would it be like to be inside a black hole to the movie industry’s efforts to get its night skies right.
3. Galileo’s Middle Finger by Alice Dreger. This is the story of life in the trenches of scientific controversy. It describes Dreger’s long and harrowing journeys between the two camps for which she felt equal empathy: social justice activists determined to win and researchers determined to put hard truths before comfort.
4. We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach. We let ourselves be defined by labels. But then we all looked up and everything changed. They said the asteroid would be here in two months. That gave us two months to leave our labels behind. Two months to become something bigger than what we’d been, something that would last even after the end
5. A Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell. This is a tale of fate and blood, sin and absolution; partly a memoir of sisters unified by a singular burden, partly an unflinching eulogy of those who have gone before, and above all a profound commentary on the events of the 20th century.
6. A Planet of Viruses by Carl Zimmer. Here Carl Zimmer presents the latest research on how viruses hold sway over our lives and our biosphere, how viruses helped give rise to the first life-forms, how viruses are producing new diseases, how we can harness viruses for our own ends, and how viruses will continue to control our fate for years to come.
7. Biblical by Christopher Galt. A strange phenomenon is sweeping the globe. People are having visions, seeing angels, experiencing events that defy reality. Then there is the graffiti that has popped up in every major city around the world, in every language. And everywhere people are starting to talk about John Astor, the mysterious author of the book that seems to be at the center of it all.
8. The Last Asylum by Barbara Taylor. This searingly honest, beautifully written memoir is the narrative of the author’s madness years, set inside the wider story of our treatment of psychiatric illness: from the great age of asylums to the current era of community care, ‘Big Pharma’, and quick fixes.
9. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . .
10. Last Hours On Everest by Graham Hoyland. This is the most detailed reconstruction of what happened after the two English climbing legends – George Mallory and Sandy Irvine – left the camp on that fateful day. Combining personal experience and the physical evidence found on the mountain. Graham Hoyland produces a compelling description of what actually happened on that day and the answer to that most intriguing of questions – did they actually climb Everest?